Fr. Joseph R. Monahan – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Joseph Monahan

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1962

Health Leave: 1975-1980

Excardinated to Archdiocese of St. Louis: 1980

Died: 2017

Assigned in Philadelphia Archdiocese as follows:

  • 1962-1968 Mother of Divine Providence (King of Prussia, PA)
  • 1967-1968 Archbishop Carroll High School
  • 1968-1974 Presentation B.V.M. (Wynnewood, PA)
  • 1974-1975 St. Alphonsus (Maple Glen, PA)
  • 1975 St. Philip Neri (Pennsburg, PA)
  • 1975-1980 Leave of Absence for Health Reasons
  • 1980-2002 Assigned in Archdiocese of St. Louis

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Monahan:

Father Joseph Monahan was on an extended health leave prior to his excardination (transfer) to the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  These two facts, particularly when combined, suggest that Monahan had been accused of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sometime before 1975, since a notorious pedophile priest treatment center was located just outside of St. Louis. It was not uncommon for priests who were “treated” there to remain there in ministry since the Archdiocese of St. Louis welcomed priests with problematic histories like them.  Of course, it not possible to say that is what transpired conclusively without having seen Monahan’s personnel file.

Not much is known about the allegation(s) against Monahan, as the only one that has become public was contained in the 2005 grand jury report.  According to the summary provided by the grand jury, in 2002, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia received a report that Monahan sexually abused an eighth-grade student (a boy) at Presentation B.V.M. in Wynnewood in approximately 1969.  The victim was told that Monahan became a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and no further action was taken.

Monahan’s name does not appear on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s lists of laicized or deceased priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse.  

According to the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Monahan died in 2017 as a retired priest in good standing.  

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